Types of Dogs

Service Dog

Full protection under ADA

A Service Dog is an individually trained dog that has completed a basic obedience course, has been trained for disability-mitigating tasks, has passed a public access certification, and (in our case) the AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation.


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Standards

Each team (Service Dog and Handler) works with us very closely to conform to our standards. The ADA has a minimal set of requirements. We require far more.

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Protection

The Service Dog and team are afforded full protection under Federal and State laws. The ADA has a specific set of rules protecting a Service Dog.

Emotional Support Dog

NO protection under ADA

An Emotional Support Dog is typically trained for basic obedience and has been trained to provide emotionally supportive behaviors for their handler. These behaviors are typically centered around providing affection to the handler when the dog senses a depressed or emotionally disturbed state.


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Standards

Standards vary widely from dog to dog. Since there are no certification requirements, these dogs are not usually professionally trained.

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Protection

The Emotional Support Dog and team are NOT afforded any protection under law. While some airlines do allow Emotional Support Dogs to accompany their handler on a flight, it is not required, and is up to the discretion of the airline.

Therapy Dog

NO protection under ADA

A Therapy Dog is typically trained for basic obedience and has been trained to provide emotionally supportive behaviors for their handler as well as others. These behaviors are typically centered around providing affection to people when the dog senses a depressed or emotionally disturbed state. These dogs are typically seen in a hospital environment providing care and affection to patients.


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Standards

Standards vary widely from dog to dog. Since there are no certification requirements, these dogs are not usually professionally trained.

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Protection

The Therapy Dog and team are NOT afforded any protection under law. While many hospitals do allow Therapy Dogs to visit patients, it is not required, and is up to the discretion of the hospital. The hospitals usually require that a Therapy Dog be registered and evaluated by the hospital prior to allowing access.

Companion Dog

NO protection under ADA

A Companion Dog is typically a pet. there is usually no professional obedience training provided. These animals are just a pet. They are still great, and a member of the family, just not afforded any protections under law.


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Standards

Standards vary widely from dog to dog. Since there are no certification requirements, these dogs are not usually professionally trained.

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Protection

The Companion Dog and team are NOT afforded any protection under the law.